May 11, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Receives Partnership of the Year Award from Metro Nashville Public Schools

Bridgestone Americas Receives Partnership of the Year Award
Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

As a leader in innovation, this training center reflects our commitment to educating the next generation of automotive and retail professionals, using the latest technology, operational procedures and business practices offered in our Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and automotive service centers.

Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Award Honors Re-invigorating of the Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center, in Cooperation with Bridgestone’s Subsidiary, Firestone Complete Auto Care

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiary Firestone Complete Auto Care were honored May 9 with the 2016 Academy Partnership of the Year in Business, Marketing and Information Technology (IT) for the support of Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center. The award was given out during Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) annual Academies of Nashville Awards.

In August 2015, Maplewood High School in cooperation with Firestone Complete Auto Care transformed and reopened the school’s automotive training center. The facility allows students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of how an automotive facility operates. Bridgestone Americas supports the program through volunteer hours, including classroom presentations, onsite training, Maplewood Advisory Board membership and assistance with making the curriculum ASE-certified. Students in the Academy of Entrepreneurship & Innovation graduate as licensed technicians by gaining the necessary two years of experience and are eligible to earn up to three college credits in maintenance and light repair through dual enrollment at Nashville State Community College or Volunteer State Community College. Additionally, Bridgestone has gifted $400,000 of equipment and materials to retrofit the customer waiting area.

Twjuana Williams, who manages the Automotive Training Center, was also honored with the Academy Teacher of the Year award.

“Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center is another example of how Maplewood continues to generate positive effects on Nashville and its educational system,” said Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “As a leader in innovation, this training center reflects our commitment to educating the next generation of automotive and retail professionals, using the latest technology, operational procedures and business practices offered in our Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and automotive service centers.”

The Academies, located in 13 MNPS schools, enable students to gain hands-on experience in specific professional industries.